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Moshe Heinemann

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Nationality  USA
Role  Rabbi
Denomination  Orthodox
Alma mater  Beth Medrash Govoha
Semicha  Rabbi Moshe Feinstein
Positions  Rabbi
Name  Moshe Heinemann

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Synagogue  Agudath Israel of Baltimore
Parents  Benno Heinemann, Freida Schild
Residence  Balti, Maryland, United States

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Rabbi Moshe Heinemann is an Orthodox rabbi and Posek who heads the Agudath Israel of Baltimore synagogue and is the rabbinical supervisor of the Star K kashrus certification agency. He studied for many years in Beis Midrash Govoha under Rabbi Aharon Kotler, and was ordained by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein.


Rabbi Heinemann is widely consulted for rulings in matters of Halacha, often where complicated technology is involved. He is an expert Mohel, Shochet, and Sofer, and has trained and certified numerous people in these, as well as other, areas of practical Halacha. Rabbi Heinemann is also an expert on the construction of Eruvin and mikvehs, and is frequently consulted regarding these complicated areas of Halacha.

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Shabbos Mode Ovens

Rabbi Heinemann has ruled for over a decade that, on Yom Tov, one may raise or lower the temperature on Sabbath Mode ovens. In June 2008, a number of prominent Poskim signed a Kol Koreh (public pronouncement) stating that this was unequivocally forbidden. The Kol Koreh referred to the lenient opinion as a Daas Yachid (a minority opinion that should not be relied upon - literally: the opinion of an individual). After the Kol Koreh was released, it was rumored by some that Rabbi Heineman retracted his opinion regarding this issue and ruled like the Israeli Poskim. However, no written record of his retraction exists, and the website of the Star-K, the Supervision Agency that is governed by Rabbi Heinemann's rulings, continues to promote Rabbi Heinemann's view.

It has been noted, however, that Rabbi Heinemann's opinion is consistent with the rulings of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach regarding electricity. Rabbi Auerbach was not only one of the greatest Poskim of his generation, but his understanding of electricity and technology was probably unparalleled among any of his peers. Indeed, none of Rabbi Auerbach's sons or sons-in-law, including Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, Rabbi Ezriel Auerbach, and Rabbi Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, all prominent Poskim in their own right, participated in the Kol Koreh.

Audio Lectures

  • Click here to download MP3 shiurim by Rabbi Moshe Heinemann
  • References

    Moshe Heinemann Wikipedia